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Altering Objects - Caging, Sticks and Stones Thursday, July 30, 9:00 AM  
Susan Lenart Kazmer $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: Must have basic soldering skills, as the basics of soldering will not be covered.
Workshop Category: Jewelry, Metal-working, Soldering, Stone Setting

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The idea of Building Talismans Jewelry with objects has always been intriguing to me, that is to build adornment with a sense of history and purpose. I have studied adornment with historical purpose extensively and used this idea to create my body of work. These human-made objects are made to speak to something sacred, beyond the self, and beyond time. And whether they are worn for protection, power, healing, magic, or some other mystical purpose, they are the most ancient of material attempts to reach out for some tangible quality that you may be looking for in your life.

The common denominator in all the talismans, amulets, relics, and prayer box is imbedded meaning. The materials used, the way a piece was formed, the intention of the maker are all combined to express a particular meaning.

In these three workshops learn to build Talismans by working and building with my own techniques and practical skills of metalsmithing.

The 3 workshops can be taken separately learning one technique or together as a series to enrich your skills and create a holistic experience. These workshops build on each other to expand your knowledge and exploration of materials for an understanding and freedom of metalworking.

The 3 workshops are offered individually on the schedule:

  • Day 1: Bezels Expanded
  • Day 2: Altering Objects - Caging, Sticks and Links
  • Day 3: Scrap Bezels - Joins and Links

    This workshop is a one day workshop which is Day 2 of Building Talismans Jewelry.

    Throughout time, adornment has been filled with symbolism, mark making, cultural and political influences. As for my own work, I am, forever exploring different techniques and possibilities to embed my own marks and images to my adornment and work.

    In this workshop, learn to burn into sticks and bone, rub colors and create wraps of fiber to produce and finish your own personalized small wooden talismans full of your own symbolism.

    Build a sterling silver unique bezel form by caging. Learn to build dimensionally so an object can be safely encased and protected but viewed from all sides. Build wire cage structure with prongs. Beginning students will learn to master soldering with dimensional wire. Intermediate students will expand metalworking skills into this new form of height and dimension. Pick soldering, sweat soldering.

    Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

    • $45 includes:
    • sterling silver 24 gauge sheet
    • faceted stone
    • sterling silver bezels wire
    • 16 gauge silver wire
    • filigree bezel wire

    Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

    • butane gas
    • torch heads
    • flux
    • solder
    • annealing pan
    • paint brush
    • sand paper
    • flux
    • solder
    • sandpaper
    • expendables

    Student should bring:

    • chain and round nose pliers
    • wire snips
    • tin snips
    • small flat file 01 or similar
    • jewelers saw
    • 03 blade (or close)
    • bench pin
    • awl
    • forging hammer
    • bench block
    • small stones if you would like to add on

    Optional:

    • magnifiers
    • small non asbestos soldering pad
    • tweezers
    • torch head
    • if you build quickly, extra silver and extra stones to set


    Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU19, contact:

    SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

    Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

    -or-
    Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
    -or-
    call: 602-956-0189


    Questions: susanlenartkazmer@gmail.com
    Website: www.susanlenartkazmer.com